Dennis The Menace (1959-1963)
US $10 gold piece, silver dollar, and a Good Luck coin
The television program "Dennis The Menace" ran from 1959 to 1963 on the CBS Television Network.
It was based on the popular comic strip written by Hank Ketcham which ran from 1951 to 1994.
Mr. and Mrs Wilson are a middle-aged childless couple living next door.
Dennis is always pestering Mr. Wilson who doesn't want him around.
He keeps his coins in a specially made suitcase with trays.
He sometimes uses a book which appears to be a "Red Book" with a well-worn cover.
by R. S. Yeoman (Author), Kenneth Bressett (Editor), published yearly since 1947,
now by Krause Publications. It comes in a red cover, hence the name.
Jay North as Dennis Mitchell
Gloria Henry as Alice Mitchell
Herbert Anderson as Henry Mitchell
Joseph Kearns as George Wilson
Dennis and the Rare Coin first shown January 17, 1960 (Season 1 Episode 15)
The episode shows a 1907 $10 gold coin.
The episode shows a silver dollar but not close enough to see the date.
The episode shows Whitman Lincoln Head cent coin albums and pennies.
The episode shows a generic "Good Luck" coin.
The episode shows his coin storage suitcase and display trays.
Dennis and the Rare Coin (Season 1 Episode 15, January 17, 1960)
1. Dennis and the Rare Coin - Mr. Wilson and Dennis
Mr. Wilson receives a telephone call from a New York coin dealer who tells him that his
coin collection merits the dealer's personal attention.
The dealer visits Mr. Wilson and sells him a coin.
2. Dennis and the Rare Coin - Mr. Wilson buys a coin
The coin is a 1907 $10 gold coin.
Mr. Wilson does not want his wife to find out that he paid $250 for a coin and hides the coin.
Mrs. Wilson comes in to vacumn the room and the coin falls on the rug.
3. Dennis and the Rare Coin - The coin on the rug
The coin appears to be a real United States $10 gold coin but the date is not clear.
A United States gold $10 1907:
4. Dennis and the Rare Coin - United States gold $10 1907
Mrs. Wilson gives it to Dennis who is collecting coins for a fund-raising "wishing well"
at a city fountain.
The police show up and arrest the pair.
5. Dennis and the Rare Coin - Police arrest Mr. Wilson and Dennis
The police take the pair to the police station.
6. Dennis and the Rare Coin - Dennis' parents informed of his arrest
The parents and Mrs. Wilson head for the police station.
7. Dennis and the Rare Coin - Police station
A policeman returns with Mr. Wilson's gold coin and Mr. Wilson makes a $50 donation to the
"wishing well" fund.
Mr. Wilson's coin is a fake and he is out the $250 for the coin and the $50 for the fund.
He is sent home, but has a happy ending as Dennis announces that he is going to visit
his grandparents and leave Mr. Wilson alone for a while.
Writers: Peggy Chantler, William Cowley, Louella MacFarlane
Dennis' Paper Drive (Season 1 Episode 24, April 10, 1960)
1. Dennis' Paper Drive - Mrs. Holland offers a silver dollar
Mrs. Holland heads a charity which is collecting old newspapers for recycling.
She offers a silver dollar to the child who collects the most newspapers.
Dennis and his friend Tommy become partners.
2. Dennis' Paper Drive - Dennis really wants the paper
Dennis is eager to collect papers and tries to hurry his parents.
3. Dennis' Paper Drive - Mrs. Holland shows the silver dollar
Mr. Wilson takes a close look at the coin.
4. Dennis' Paper Drive - Mr. Wilson is shocked
He recognizes it as an 1895 dollar, a very rare date.
5. Dennis' Paper Drive - Mr. Wilson looks up the coin
Mr. Wilson visits the boys and pays them a dollar each for the right to the coin.
6. Dennis' Paper Drive - The boys with their dollar bills
These appear to be standard Mexican Revolution motion picture stage money bills.
Since the 1920's, motion picture companies have used these notes, reprinted from
Mexican Revolution (1910-1925) notes issued by the states of Chihuahua and Sonora.
He is eager to add the rare silver dollar to his coin collection.
7. Dennis' Paper Drive - Mr. Wilson's coin collection
A Britain Queen Victoria crown is prominently displayed below his finger.
8. Dennis' Paper Drive - Mr. Wilson gets his prize
The boys express admiration for Mr. Wilson and call him a hero.
He decides to come clean and pay Mrs. Holland the real price of the coin.
Writers: Peggy Chantler, William Cowley, Mannie Manheim, Arthur Marx
Dennis' Penny Collection (Season 2 Episode 14, January 8, 1961)
1. Dennis' Penny Collection - Dennis' father shows him some pennies
Dennis' father shows Dennis a 1911 penny, Dennis becomes interested in coins and his father
suggest that they visit Mr. Wilson to get advice on coin collecting.
2. Dennis' Penny Collection - Mr. Wilson hands out coin albums
Mr. Wilson then worries that he has created more problems.
3. Dennis' Penny Collection - Dennis leaves with albums
The album appears to be a Whitman Lincoln Head cent album.
He takes his money in penny rolls.
4. Dennis' Penny Collection - Dennis and friend
This picture shows the interior of the album.
He leaves Dennis to put money in the parking meter.
5. Dennis' Penny Collection - Parking meter in the early 1960's takes pennies
Dennis gets distracted and Mr. Wilson gets a parking ticket.
knowing that the car is locked.
and calls the police who arrest Mr. Wilson and the boys.
6. Dennis' Penny Collection - Arrested
Mr. Wilson and the boys are released, the police allow the boys to search the
parking meter collections, and the boys give Mr. Wilson a 1914-D penny they find.
Writer: Hannibal Coons
The Lucky Piece (Season 3 Episode 11, December 17, 1961)
1. The Lucky Piece - Dennis confesses to his parents
Dennis' father tells him that he will have to pay $2.00 to fix a window that he broke.
Dennis heads to the Wilson house to offer to do a job.
Mrs. Wilson offers him a half dollar to cut the grass.
2. The Lucky Piece - Mr. Wilson in the store
Mr. Wilson accidently tries to pass a "Good Luck" coin as a half dollar.
3. The Lucky Piece - Mr. Wilson gets a look at the "coin"
It appears to have a face on one side.
The other side has a horseshoe and the inscription "GOOD LUCK".
4. The Lucky Piece - Closeup of the "coin"
Mr. Wilson convinces Dennis to take the coin instead of the half dollar for cutting the grass.
by secretly passing a dollar bill to him.
5. The Lucky Piece - Mrs. Wilson taking a dollar bill from Mr. Wilson's wallet
The bill appears to be a real United States dollar, not the stage money in the previous episode.
he finds a scout knife and his large missing pet frog returns.
6. The Lucky Piece - Dennis and his parents at home
By now both parents are aware of the scheme and await Mr. Wilson.
7. The Lucky Piece - Mr. Wilson offers to buy the coin
Dennis' father and Mr. Wilson engage in bidding the price up to five dollars.
Mr. Wilson gets the coin, his wife informs him of the scheme, he laughs it off,
and throws the coin into the street, where a passing hobo finds it.
8. The Lucky Piece - Hobo finds the coin
The hobo then finds an expensive item which just fell off a truck.
Mr. Wilson decides that the coin is lucky and runs after the hobo to buy it back again.
Writers: Keith Fowler, Phil Leslie
A Quiet Evening (Season 3 Episode 21, February 25, 1962)
1. A Quiet Evening - Mr. Wilson at home
Mr. Wilson plans to spend a quiet evening at home working on his coin collection.
His special coin suitcase is evident, as is a coin book, possibly a "Red Book".
and volunteers her husband.
Margaret, a stuffy playmate of Dennis, and Seymour, a smaller "Dennis in training".
2. A Quiet Evening - Mr. Wilson at Dennis' house
Mr. Wilson has brought his coin suitcase but is soon joined by the kids.
3. A Quiet Evening - Mr. Wilson shows a coin
The coin is supposedly a 1919-D dime worth $100.
4. A Quiet Evening - Margaret examines the coin
She asks what's so special about the coin.
"Girls aren't interested in going to the moon".
Apparently not in coins either.
5. A Quiet Evening - The dime closeup
The dime shown is actually a 1913 Barber dime.
Seymour grabs Wilson's dime and spends it in a vending machine.
Mr. Wilson tries to recover the dime from the machine.
6. A Quiet Evening - Mr. Wilson working on the vending machine
He is soon joined by a police officer who asks him what he is doing.
7. A Quiet Evening - Mr Wilson busted
The policeman takes Mr. Wilson to the station.
8. A Quiet Evening - Third degree
Mr. Wilson is suspected of being a career criminal but is finally let go.
The police give him back his items but tell him the dime went into their vending machine.
Mr. Wilson buys the machine and takes it home.
9. A Quiet Evening - Dennis and Mr. Wilson's new home vending machine
Writer: Budd Grossman
These episodes also feature coins or currency notes:
Dennis finds $1600 in US currency in an old radio.
The episode shows prop money.
Dennis finds Confederate $50 note in old uniform, Mr. Wilson wants it.
The episode shows a Confederate $50 note.
Dennis finds a suitcase full of money which turns out to be counterfeit.
The episode shows prop money.
Dennis opens an account at the bank where Mr. Wilson works with 300 pennies.
The episode shows stacks and rolls of pennies.
Mr. Wilson plans to sell his 1919-D dime to a visiting coin dealer. The chicken interferes.
The episode shows a dime but not close up.